In March, the area where I live in the South was placed on “safer at home” orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.
In April and May, beaches and businesses started reopening which is great for the economy in the area.
Recently, COVID-19 numbers have increased in the state and city where I live and it could be for multiple reasons such as increased availability of testing and people going out without face masks or gathering in larger crowds than normal now that businesses are open. It is extremely hot and humid where I live in the summer to the point of discomfort. Although businesses are open, public health officials still suggest that people stay home as much as possible to avoid spreading their germs to others. If people have fully functioning air conditioners in their homes, they are more likely to stay home, stay safe and prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. If people do not have working air conditioners, they will be more likely to go to restaurants, movie theaters, other people’s homes, stores or even bars that are open and air conditioned. It is important for people to get routine maintenance done on their HVAC systems to ensure that there aren’t any issues. I totally understand that people would not want to stay in their homes if their air conditioning didn’t work right now because their indoor air quality and comfort level would severely decrease without cool air. In order to completely flatten the curve, people need to follow guidance from public health experts which means staying home as much as possible. People should get their HVAC serviced so they are more likely to feel comfortable staying home and that can save lives.